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MSU’s Mullen Finally Asked About Egg Bowl Rivalry; Handles It Well

MSU MEDIA DAYSKudos to Tom Murphy of The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for asking the toughie that we’ve all been waiting for.  Murphy asked Dan Mullen about “the in-state dynamic” created by Ole Miss’ current momentum.

Mullen smiled and responded:

 

“I think it’s sparking the rivalry even more.  I think it’s gonna make Thanksgiving night an even bigger game. 

When I got hired the other school in our state they had gone to the Cotton Bowl and won the Cotton Bowl.  And we came up from a team that wasn’t doing very well and won a couple in a row (against Ole Miss) and now we’ve been going to the New Year’s Day bowl games the last couple of years.  And now they come up and they’re starting to create some stir.

Certainly when you go around the state of Mississippi it will make Thanksgiving night this fall a pretty important day throughout the whole state.  Not just an important day in the state of Mississippi, I think it’s gonna draw a lot more attention to it nationally.  How important that rivalry is and how big that rivalry is to everybody in our state.”

 

Mullen’s answer was as good as Murphy’s question.  No coach likes having to say good things about their rival and Mullen doesn’t even like saying his rival school’s name.  But he still credited Ole Miss for creating “some stir” and then he wisely took the opportunity to push the Egg Bowl rivalry which, in turn, pushes his own program.

A younger Mullen might not have handled that question quite so well.  But there were no barbs or suckerpunches.  Just a good answer from a guy with a smile on his face.

Credit to Murphy for the question.  Credit to Mullen for his answer.

Watch video of Dan Mullen at SEC Media Days.

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Hey, It’s LSU Week!

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As every Razorback fan knows, the LSU Tigers are reauxlling into Little Rock this weekend to battle for the Golden Boot and the SEC’s potential 2nd BCS bowl berth. Although there are few guarantees in life, here are two absolute locks: the game will be close and the game will be crazy.

How crazy? Well, as Dem-Gaz scribe Tom Murphy pointed out on Twitter today, the combined score of the last three Arkansas-LSU battles is 111-111 with 4 OTs. Throw in the high stakes of this matchup, mix ample amounts of an unstoppable Razorback offense and an immovable Tiger defense, and then throw in a dollop of War Memorial grass in honor of Les Miles and you have the recipe for another classic.

We’ll have more in the coming days, of course, but for starters we want to hear from you: pick your favorite LSU game in our poll, then tell us about your favorite Bayou Bengal-related memories in the comments section.

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Tom Murphy’s Top 25 Ballot

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Editor’s Note: Each week Tom Murphy of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is one of 60 voters in the Associated Press Top 25. His ballot is published each Sunday here in the Slophouse.

Tom Murphy AP Poll, Nov. 21

1. Oregon

2. Auburn

3. Boise State

4. LSU

5. TCU

6. Wisconsin

7. Stanford

8. Ohio State

9. Arkansas

10. Alabama

11. Oklahoma State

12. Michigan State

13. South Carolina

14. Nebraska

15. Oklahoma

16. Missouri

17. Virginia Tech

18. Texas A&M

19. Nevada

20. Arizona

21. N.C. State

22. Florida State

23. Tulsa

24. Northern Illinois

25. Mississippi State

For more visit WholeHogSports.com.

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Tom Murphy’s Top 25 Ballot

Arkansas
Content provided by The Slophouse.

Editor’s Note: Each week Tom Murphy of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is one of 60 voters in the Associated Press Top 25. His ballot is published each Sunday in the Slophouse.

Tom Murphy AP Ballot, Nov. 14

1. Oregon

2. Auburn

3. LSU

4. Boise State

5. TCU

6. Wisconsin

7. Stanford

8. Ohio State

9. Arkansas

10. Alabama

11. Nebraska

12. Oklahoma State

13. Michigan State

14. Oklahoma

15. South Carolina

16. Missouri

17. Virginia Tech

18. Texas A&M

19. Iowa

20. Nevada

21. Mississippi State

22. Southern Cal

23. Northwestern

24. San Diego State

25. Arizona

For more visit WholeHogSports.com.

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Tom Murphy’s Top 25 Ballot

Arkansas
Content provided by The Slophouse.

Editor’s Note: Each week Tom Murphy of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is one of 60 voters in the Associated Press Top 25. His ballot is published each Sunday here in the Slophouse.

Tom Murphy, AP Ballot, Nov. 7

1. Oregon

2. Auburn

3. TCU

4. Boise State

5. LSU

6. Wisconsin

7. Stanford

8. Ohio State

9. Arkansas

10. Iowa

11. Nebraska

12. Alabama

13. Michigan State

14. Oklahoma State

15. Utah

16. Oklahoma

17. Missouri

18. Virginia Tech

19. Mississippi State

20. South Carolina

21. Nevada

22. Arizona

23. Florida

24. Penn State

25. Texas A&M

For more visit WholeHogSports.com.

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Tom Murphy’s Top 25 Ballot

Arkansas
Content provided by The Slophouse.

Editor’s Note: Each week Tom Murphy of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is one of 60 voters in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. His picks are published each Sunday in the Slophouse.

Tom Murphy, AP Poll, Oct. 31

1. Oregon

2. Auburn

3. TCU

4. Alabama

5. Boise State

6. Utah

7. LSU

8. Wisconsin

9. Oklahoma

10. Ohio State

11. Stanford

12. Nebraska

13. Missouri

14. Iowa

15. Arkansas

16. South Carolina

17. Arizona

18. Michigan State

19. Oklahoma State

20. Virginia Tech

21. Baylor

22. Mississippi State

23. Nevada

24. Syracuse

25. Hawaii

For more visit WholeHogSports.com. You can follow Tom Murphy on Twitter @TomMurphyADG.

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